A few weekends ago, Mark and I took a little trip down to central Phoenix to browse through a second-hand store called Ultimate Consignment. Essentially, Ultimate Consignment is a huge warehouse that is loaded to the brim with all sorts of goodies!
Well, at least if you're into home decor, and stuff like that...
As Mark and I looked around, we found some items that nearly came home with us, and some things that we just thought were interesting...
Of all the items in the store, I think this chair set was my absolute favorite. Though I tried to sway Mark into letting me buy them (they were only $30.00 each), he reminded me that we already have a dining set, chairs included.
I guess you could say that he is the practicle one in the family...
Though these chairs wouldn't really work in our home, I still thought they were nice pieces. The light green one on the left was $160.00, and the tan one on the right was $150.00.
Though I didn't get the price on these bird cages, I still thought they were absolutely gorgeous. I could picture the wood cage on the left as a stand-alone accessory, and the metal one on the right painted, or even just holding a little display of accessory items.
I thought these signs could be fun in a gallery display in a game room, or even a man cave...
...and this 7 Up chest could be a fun, vintage accessory for any room.
These large metal bins were pretty fun too. They were on the top shelf, so I couldn't really get a good look at them...but depending on what's in them, I thought they would be fun as laundry sorters. I pictured them with painted words like, whites, lights, and darks, stacked together near the washer and dryer. Of course, if they're rusted on the inside...that might change things a bit!
Don't ask me why, but I just couldn't resist the urge to imagine one of these candy machines in my kitchen. A little quirky, I know...but don't you think that could be kinda fun??
Oh, and if you were wondering...yes, that is a fake butt making an appearance over the second candy machine. Apparently we were in the rated R section of the consignment store...and apparently candy machines and naked statues go hand-in-hand. If you notice...over to the right of the photo there is a perfectly censored naked lady statue. How's that for some impressive camera skills, huh?!
Moving on...I thought this throw would be fun in an eclectic family room with southern flare. I especially liked the chevron print and the big stripes.
This chair was a blast from the past for me, since I remember growing up with one of these as a kid. It seriously was the coolest chair ever because it converted into a step-ladder when you pull out the the bottom steps!
Seeing this chair excited me, but depressed me all at the same time. Am I really getting old enough to see items I grew up with labeled as "vintage"? Were the 80's really that long ago?
Loved these bright blue glasses, and I thought they would be fun for a summer get together. I pictured them at a 4th of July BBQ, with red-and-white straws sticking out of the chalices, and layered strawberry shortcake served in the desert dishes. So fun!
These big jars nearly came home with me, but I thought they were slightly over-priced to make it worth it. They were $25 each, which wasn't too bad...but I wanted all of them, and I wasn't about to spend more than $100 on jars! I thought they would be fun as interesting accessories for on top of the fridge, or even in the laundry room.
These egg chairs were only $25.00 each. I thought they would be great as desk chairs in a teenager's room, or even in a dorm.
This chair was another item that nearly went on the buy-list. It reminded me of the new Storsele chair from Ikea.
This sofa had Emily Henderson's name written all over it. I even thought it would look cool in my living room, especially since we recently painted the walls in a soft gray-blue.
These buckets were $20.00 each, and almost came home with us too. I thought they would make great planters for the front porch. I even thought about painting them, or dipping them in paint so that some of the copper still showed at the bottom. Wouldn't that be fun with a bright yellow-green, or even just white?
These bins would make great mail sorters in an office, or even in a kitchen, but at $40.00, I thought the price was just slightly too high.
And finally, these lamps were pretty impressive! I pictured them painted in a glossy white, or even a fun color, like aqua. For the shades, I liked the shape, but they definitely would have needed an update. Something like this coffee filter DIY could be pretty fun...
The only downside to the Ultimate Consignment??? ....No AC...which anywhere else may not have been too bad...but here in AZ, no AC means no bueno!
When we started shopping, my hair was down, my shirt was dry, and my face wasn't covered with sweat. By the time we entered the second room of goods, this is what I looked like (that's me pointing to my sweaty forehead). I guess that's the price you pay when you love yourself a good thrift store!
I think that's why we didn't buy anything. We were moving pretty quickly through the store because it was nearly 100 degrees in there.
I blame it on the weatherman....ha!
We'll definitely be going back to the Ultimate Consignment, but never again in the summer! Luckily, we're heading into some cooler months, so another shopping trip won't be too far off.